Art for the Table


Recently Brian & I finished a little art project and when I shared some of the work in progress, my Facebook friend Beverly Lewis Cazzell (see her fabulous photographs on her Flickr site HERE) said she would love to read about my process & I thought, what a great idea for a blog post! Thank you Beverly!

First a little back story. Brian & I were cleaning up our studio space when we ran across a roll of canvas we had completely forgotten about. It was left over from our early days of stretching our own canvas panels. Leave it to us to make things as complicated as possible! Thank goodness those days are over! Anyway, we decided to make a set of 8 placemats with some of the canvas. Brian would make 4 his way and I would make 4 my way. So, he cut the canvas to size and I turned over the raw edges and used fabric glue to secure. Then I painted 2 coats of Acrylic Gesso to both the front & back, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.


Once dry I collaged the front of my placemats with old book pages, torn randomly and applied with Acrylic Gel Medium, matte finish. Once dry, I stenciled different designs to each of the mats. After the stenciling dried, I applied a light coat of Acrylic Fluid Titanium White paint, using a baby wipe to blot the paint so that some areas were more covered than others.


Once the white paint dried, I applied an Acrylic Fluid Transparent color to each mat. When that dried I used an assortment of rubber stamps and Stazon permanent ink to randomly stamp designs on the mats.  Then I applied a few cool postage stamps, that my niece Cindy & her husband Gary sent me (boy do they have my number or what?!), here and there using Acrylic Gel Medium, matte finish. Once dry I applied another Acrylic Fluid Transparent color over that, dabbing with a baby wipe like I did for the white paint layer. Once dry, I also applied a contrasting color of Acrylic Fluid color here and there, dabbing with the baby wipe as before. I finished by applying an Acrylic Copper Glaze over the surface, applying more heavily around the edges as a vignette, and lighter in the center, using my trusty baby wipe as before. The following 4 are my finished placemats.





And what of Brian’s placemats you ask? Well, he chose to go completely abstract. He used acrylic paints & mediums as I did. I so love the playful nature of his pieces, and his color palette is wonderful. Here are his four.





And there you have it! Thanks so much again Beverly for your blog post idea. We still have quite a bit of canvas material left. Any ideas of what else we can do with it?

Hope you are having a lovely week. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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6 Responses to Art for the Table

  1. I have to tell you Carol and this is no reflection against your work what’s so ever because it is so you gorgeous but Brian’s is just awesome. I love the abstract of his so much, I think it could be put in any art gallery anywhere and sell in a heart beat. I love it. I love the process of you two working together you two make the most well put together team if there ever was one. Such a sight to see not only here but to be able to witness it in person. Thanks Beverly for having Carol do the post.

  2. Beverly says:

    What an amazing process you and Brian had with start to finish placemats! These are so beautiful Carol, and Brian!! I love the whimsical play mood of yours Carol, and the amazing abstract creations from Brian’s! I completely agree with Barbara, that these would sell in a heart beat at any craft or consignment store! Your talents are amazing, as is your wealth of products to use…I’ve only used gesso for a painting years ago, and I do have rubber stamps and ink. LOL Now, I hope to see these on your beautiful table setting. You two are so awesome!! Sounds like you feed off of each other’s creative vibes. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing the details Carol!! xx

  3. Dotti says:

    Carol … it is unbelievable what beauty you and Brian created here! And the canvas will last forever. Great idea, well excuted.

  4. Viv says:

    Carol love the way the mats turned out it’s lovely to do some ‘messy’ work every now and again. That reminds me it’s time I made some backgrounds for my digital scrapping…

  5. Sherry G. says:

    Love, love, love the brilliant colour and design of these — the blues are especially gorgeous. But I do love that first one too — the monochromatic one — which is neat and graphic and interesting in its own way. Love the text. I think you guys should do more! You’re on a roll.

  6. Jana says:

    So awesome, what a clever way to use the canvas!- JBV

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